General Studies Mains Programe



The mains Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory. The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialised study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyse, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers. The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honour degree i.e. a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’ degree. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.


The major crux of Civil Services Examination is preparation for MAINS considering the subjective and analytical nature of the examination.

MAINS is where the answering ability of the candidate is put to test and hence the preparation of it has to be centered around having a proficiency in answer writing ability.

Also a not much profound but an efficient command of vocabulary is required to approach MAINS in a proper manner.

And considering the analytical nature, a comprehensive and detailed coverage of the syllabus becomes mandatory.

Considering all this, The YASH ACADEMY focuses on developing a keen sense of understanding and analysing in the Aspirants along with incorporating in them a profound answer writing ability.

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